7 amazing sci-fi movies leaving HBO Max in September 2021
“The future’s already there. It’s irrevocable.”
Taking cues from classic noir and Inception, sci-fi thriller Reminiscenceis set in a world ravaged by climate change. In the future, technology lets people relive their memories — sometimes finding secrets they’d rather forget.
6. Doctor Sleep
The sequel to The Shining is more invested in the mechanics of its central superpower/curse than the original. Doctor Sleepdoesn’t come close to The Shining’s heights but still works as both mystery and horror.
5. Demolition Man
Set in a dystopian 2032 where there’s nothing to eat but Taco Bell and everyone seems creepily nice, Demolition Man is quintessential cornball ‘90s action. A scenery-chewing performance by Wesley Snipes makes it a must-watch.
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4. Escape from New York
Kurt Russell snarls his way through the prison island of Manhattan to rescue the president in this John Carpenter classic. Escape from New Yorkis dirty, violent, and utterly ludicrous — all great reasons to watch.
3. Jason X
The Friday the 13th series always teetered between silly and scary. Jason X gives it a nudge over the edge, sending its masked monster to space in the far future.
2. Short Circuit
Short Circuit hasn’t had the staying power of other ‘80s sci-fi family movies, but it’s an enjoyable comedy. It follows Number 5, a scrappy robot that gains consciousness after being struck by lightning.
1. The Time Machine
H.G. Wells’ novella The Time Machine set the tone for time-travel stories for years to come. This adaptation does right by the book, with visual effects that were mind-blowing in 1960 and still quaintly impressive today.